Happy Birthday, Erik Satie!

May 17, 2019

One of the very greatest exponents of tricksterism in music. Wikipedia sez: Éric Alfred Leslie Satie (French: [eʁik sati];[1] 17 May 1866 – 1 July 1925), who signed his name Erik Satie after 1884, was a French composer and pianist. Satie was an influential artist in the late 19th- and early 20th-century Parisian avant-garde. His work was…

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Musical Improvisation and Playfulness: Dead Beatles

April 30, 2019

Musical Improvisation and Playfulness: Dead Beatles The play of children and the play of ensemble improvisers like the Grateful Dead share numerous co-identifying qualities. Definitions of play and improvisation precede a comparison of the Dead and the Beatles. These two bands have been exhaustively described, but a focus on the quality of play and the…

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Time Travel, The Pogo Stick of Philosophy [Part 3]

April 13, 2019

Take this example for contrast. A woman testifies: I am glad that I own a gun because when that man tried to break into my house, it was that gun that protected me and my baby. It’s hard to dispute this mother’s position and essential role. She is bound in time to this critical, difficult,…

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Time Travel, The Pogo Stick of Philosophy [Part 2]

April 11, 2019

In King Lear, theGodfather of its time, Shakespeare exposes the folly of power through his narrative of it slipping away. Lear’s Fool matches elusive power with a taunting dance of his own. He represents Lear’s conscience, but Lear ignores him. The Fool makes Lear’s madness worse, driving him crazy. He dances on the play’s mushrooming…

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Time Travel, the Pogo Stick of Philosophy [Part 1]

April 9, 2019

In 1895, H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine captured the popular imagination and set the tone for our infinite fascination with time travel. Its attendant gadgetry kept the nerdier fans busy, while others were distracted by the possible and impossible science of it. But the idea of time travelers is more significant. The time traveler, like a cosmic…

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Lost in the Supermarket (a poem with footnotes)

March 30, 2019

I’m all lost in the supermarket, I can no longer shop happily, I came in here for that special offer Guaranteed personality.* I encountered this army of oversized shopping carts. War tanks Armored fighting vehicles The more that you add to them The more they subtract from you.   While boasting great prices, Costco and Walmart,…

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